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Sheila inaugurates Urs camp

Special Correspondent
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday inaugurated the 20-day transit camp for pilgrims departing from Delhi for the 799th annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer Sharif.

Ms. Dikshit said the Delhi Government has for the past 11 years been continuously providing all possible help in organising pilgrim camps of all religions. Efforts are made to improve the facilities every year at the Urs camp at Burari Maidan, she said.

Hoping that the stay of pilgrims in the transit camp would be comfortable, she exhorted them to pray for unity and brotherhood. The Chief Minister also lauded the role of the Urs committee in making excellent arrangements at the camp.

Delhi Revenue Minister A. K. Walia spoke about how the Government has been working to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and mutual trust between the communities. Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf said the camp at Burari Maidan was one of the largest in the country. Pilgrims from all over the country, particularly north India, reach this camp before travelling further to Ajmer.

A special emphasis has been placed on security at the camp. A number of CCTV cameras have been installed and the Delhi Police have been roped in to provide security cover. An eight-bed mini hospital has been set up at the camp and several ambulances have been deployed to meet any exigency. An Ayurvedic and Unani health centre has also been commissioned.

Sanitation workers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi have been engaged and 195 mobile public conveniences have also been stationed to maintain good hygiene at the camp.

The Delhi Transport Corporation would be running special services to the camp from the rest of the city. It would also operate tour buses for the convenience of pilgrims. The Rajasthan Roadways has also made special arrangement of buses for transporting pilgrims to and from Ajmer.

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